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This is the new 1,115bhp electric Hispano Suiza Carmen Sagrera

It gets 298 miles of range, can do 62mph in 2.6 seconds and has tyres inspired by a legendary Catalonian architect. Also, much copper

Published: 14 Jun 2024

Welcome, everyone, to the 1,115bhp Carmen Sagrera: an all-electric supercar built to commemorate Hispano Suiza’s 120th anniversary. And yes, we think so too.

It’s the third car in the Carmen hypercar lineage, and uses an upgraded version of Hispano’s 103kWh lithium-ion battery to provide an estimated 298 miles of range. However, the 360 cells that have been compressed across the 15 module packs weigh almost as much as most London buses. Maybe.

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Fortunately, they’ve been paired with a quartet of electric motors - all positioned at the back - and provide 856lb ft of torque alongside the plentiful power reserves. It means 0-62mph is dispatched in just 2.6s, and though the top speed has been kept hush for the time being, we expect it to be similar to the Carmen Boulogne’s Vmax of 180mph.

All this oomph is sent straight to the rear axle, but the virtual self-locking differential and super sticky Pilot Sport 4S rubbers should do well to keep it in check. Oh, those tyres also feature a unique design that hails back to the mosaics of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, so they’re a tad more special than those seen on your cousin’s Subaru Impreza.

Anyway, that grip is further amplified by the Sagrera’s dynamic parallelogram suspension, which features adjustable shocks and coils to provide some scope for experimentation. Hispano even says the whole system has been built using military-grade material that’s up to eight times stronger than steel. Should deal with bumps and crevices better than your cousin’s Subie too, then.

There’s also a thick anti-roll bar somewhere beneath that... let's go with 'interesting' exterior, and even thicker 400mm carbon ceramic brakes nestled within. It’s claimed to deliver five per cent more stopping power than the previous model, which should be pushed to its limits on Bond Street on a Friday night cruise.

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Speaking of the... let's say 'unique' exterior, up front sits a pointed grille and a vented bonnet; a front end that's been intentionally chiselled to channel more air towards those side sills and, eventually, that large stork-shaped wing. 

The rear itself has gone through a pretty substantial change over its predecessor, which includes plenty of carbon and even copper accents in areas like the diffuser. The entire look is finished by a fetching shade of Cava Gold that’s been inspired by a bottle of really expensive wine. We aren’t making that up, by the way.

By comparison, the interior has seen a far less drastic change and mostly revolves around the redesigned centre console, upgraded infotainment system and even more Alcantara to set off the black/red detailing. 

Here’s what Hispano’s design chief Francesc Arenas said: “I dare say that with the Sagrera, we have refined the concept of sportiness while maintaining our tradition of excellence and setting the stage for future designs, fulfilling the desires of our customers.”

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Hispano is yet to provide any confirmation on pricing or allocations, but it has mentioned that the Sagrera will make its next big public appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. And yes, we think so too.

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